Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FTM Breast Binding

Breast binding is actually a fairly old practice where the person uses some type of material to flatten the breasts. Many trans men do this to achieve a more masculine body shape. I know there are a number of quality specialty chest binding garments designed to do just what we are talking about but some people may not be able to afford them. I have admittedly very little experience with breast binding... ok, no experience so I shall direct readers to a few very detailed guides I found elsewhere if they are interested in learning how to do this safely and effectively. One thing I will say is stay away from ace bandages and duct tape! These are not even close to being options!!!


Please feel free to offer your own advice in the comments.

How To Tuck Your Penis

Ok... tucking sucks but the truth is if you are pre or non opt and you want to pass you are going to have to do something to hide your penis. Most women's clothing, even loose fitting clothes to some extent are not designed with extra room in the crotch so hopefully these tips will help make it both more comfortable and less noticeable.

1. Shave

You can tuck without using tape (tight underwear or a gaf) but honestly it never seemed to work well for me. Within an hour or so things just shifted forward and there he was... So, if you are going to use tape (and I suggest you to) definitely shave first. This will help the tape stick better and will also help it come off more comfortably.

2. Know How to Find Your Inguinal Canal

Ever wonder where your testes go when you get cold? Well, they ascend into what is called the inguinal canal and this is where you are going to be tucking your testes. I found it best to lay flat on my back to do this. Gently press your each testicle up into your abdomen. This can be uncomfortable when you first start doing it but shouldn't be painful. If it is slow down and try again. Try taking a cold shower before hand to get things started.

3. Use Sports Tape

Now that the testes are pushed up into place we can tape the penis and scrotum back. I suggest sports tape which can be bought at the local drug store or online. It is designed to go on your skin so that means less irritation! You will need to touch things up so I would keep some in my purse, especially if you need to use the ladies room.


I found an video  that describes what to do so I will just post that below as it is a lot easier than trying to type it all out.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Male To Female Breast Development - Hormone Therapy and Augmentation

DISCLAIMER: Some people post their hormone dosages in the comments. These are their dosages and should not be looked at as suggestions. The amount of estrogen and testosterone blocking medications that are prescribed can vary according to number of factors (age, health, etc.) and the ONLY way to get on a safe and effective regimen is to consult a doctor!


Breast development is without question an exciting part of transition. I feel fairly comfortable saying that most trans women look forward to having their own real breasts but need to stress (as I try to always do) the need to have realistic expectations. Alos, it is perfectly acceptable to NOT undergo HRT or surgery. These things do not make anyone more "real", they are cosmetic changes that can help people feel for comfortable in their bodies. I think this is an important distinction. For the first year of my transition I was not sure if I wanted to undergo HRT so I purchased a great pair of prosthetic breast forms for when I dressed. They worked great!

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Development for Trans Women

The first thing to know is that breast development varies a great deal from person to person. Also while both age and genetics play a big role in how big they will get, generally speaking trans women can expect to be smaller then their closest female relatives (I was told a cup size smaller).

Besides the actual physical size of the breast, perception must be taken into consideration as well. The fact that the rib cage for the average anatomical male after puberty is bigger then it is for females means if you visually compare the two people with similar height, weight and bra size; one cissexual and one transsexual, the cissexual woman's breasts will generally appear larger. Also remember breast size in cissexual women varies greatly and not all cis woman have large breasts. I have small breasts and well... I like them.

I have also written a few posts about hormone therapy and the risks associated with it as well. PLEASE READ THESE! I get a lot of questions and comments about self medicating and I tell my readers over and over not to. These medications are dangerous!

Some other things I want to point out and stress:
  • Breast development takes time. Hormone therapy induces puberty and just like with cissexual women puberty is a process that takes years, not months. It is certainly not something that happens over night.
  • Taking more estrogen than is proscribed will not speed up the process. This is VERY DANGEROUS! You will need your blood work checked for possible problems. Like I said, I have written am entire article about the risks associated with HRT but a few of the major ones include: blood clots, prolactinoma (tumor of the pituitary gland), and possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke. There are also major risks with taking Spironolactone as it is a diuretic. Bottom line, talk to your doctor.
  • Most women have uneven breast development, it is normal. Also, your breasts may not develop at the same rate. While this unevenness is usually not drastic it can be noticeable. For me my left breast is probably a full cup size bigger than my right. Expect it and don't freak out.
  • HRT does not only effect breast growth!
This last point is important to realize because I get a lot of questions from cross dressers and non-transsexual types who just want to take hormones to grow breasts. This is probably not an option. Hormones effect your entire body, you physical appearance, your mood, and most importantly you body chemistry. If your motivation is to simply grow breasts than I strongly caution you NOT to use hormones. Also, if you are think that want to have breasts to increase sexual pleasure, one of the side effects of HRT is decreased libido.

Lastly, you can't just put on a shirt and hide these things... Remember, HRT causes irreversible full body changes, not simply breast growth. If you still think this is right for you I will offer the same advice I offer everyone, please talk to your doctor.

Breastforms

I have an article dedicated to breastform but for this article I will just say they are a safe option for many people who either do not want or cannot go through HRT or surgery. I had a great pair when I was first transitioning. Read more about them here or go ahead and start looking for a pair now.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Once development slows or stops some people may still desire breast augmentation surgery. The thing to know about this is that it is generally a good idea to put off any augmentation surgery until after hormone induced breast development is completed. There are quite a few reasons for this but here are the most important:
  • Breast development happens in spurts over a course of years! Give them a chance to grow.
  • Breast development does not happen evenly... One breast may seem way smaller and but given time, it probably will catch up. Note that uneven breast size is normal, even in cissexual women.
  • Breasts implants look best and most realistic when they are placed behind existing breast tissue.
  • If augmentation is preformed before breast development is finished and you have additional breast growth after surgery, you run the risk of very unnatural or even deformed looking breasts.
Lastly, breast augmentation is included in the standards of care for transgender individuals but does not require the same exact criteria as SRS.

Have you had surgery? If so I would love for you to tell us about your results and experience below in the comments: